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South African president Jacob Zuma meets Omar al-Bashir on a 2015 visit to Sudan (Photo: Flickr/GovernmentZA)
05 July 2017 by Benjamin Duerr, The Hague (The Netherlands)

Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) rule on Thursday whether South Africa had the obligation to arrest the president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, during an official visit. What are the legal and political issues at stake?

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10 February 2010 by -

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22 July 2008 by -

Much less public until now has been the criticism - on and off the record - from legal experts. Both inside and outside the offices of the ICC, lawyers are baffled by the 'grandstanding' of the chief prosecutor. Why, they ask, did Moreno Ocampo target the highest man in Sudan with a charge of the 'crime of crimes' genocide and with such a public display? And why only al-Bashir?

Most astonishingly Moreno Ocampo went for president al-Bashir only.

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09 March 2011 by -

The International Criminal Court’s decision to put two Darfur rebel leaders on trial for the deaths of 12 African Union peacekeepers in 2007, may help make attitudes towards the court more positive in Sudan.

This will be the court’s first trial for war crimes committed in the Darfur region. Abdallah Banda and Saleh Jerbo, who are not in custody, voluntarily surrendered to the court last June and urged other war crimes suspects to surrender to justice.

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28 October 2009 by -

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28 October 2009 by -

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been hearing evidence against Bahr Idriss Abu Garda on three charges of war crimes for an attack on peacekeepers in Darfur in 2007.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

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14 October 2009 by -

The International Criminal Court will start confirmation of charges hearings in the case against Darfur rebel leader Abu Garda on Monday 19 October.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

A confirmation hearing is held to ensure that no case goes to trial unless there is sufficient evidence to establish substantial grounds to believe that the person committed the crime with which he has been charged.

Bahr Idriss Abu Garda has the right to attend the hearing or in his absence be represented by counsel.

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14 October 2009 by -

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12 January 2011 by -

A Sudanese governor wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes used a UN helicopter to attend a peace meeting in the flashpoint Abyei region.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

Ahmad Mohammad Harun was allowed on Sunday to take the UN transport as he played a "critical" role in attempts to end ethnic clashes in Sudan's troubled Abyei region where dozens have been killed in ethnic clashes in recent days.

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21 November 2005 by -

On October 22, Sima Samar, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Darfur, criticized the court that Sudan established on June 15 to judge the crimes committed in Darfur [see IJT-28] for not doing its job, according to Reuters. Samar pointed out that the special national court was essentially focusing on looting cases, but "unfortunately it was not really the crimes committed during the war in Darfur". She added that the Sudanese court chief justice had told her that only three cases had been heard out of the 72,000 cases concerning Darfur.

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